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We have a large doctoral programme at Imagination with over fifty PhD students, we offer a very broad context in which to study Design.

Imagination research works across many domains including : Home and living; Community and Public Sector; Factory and Workplace; City and Urban; Population and Policy, with cross cutting themes such as Health, Sustainability and International perspectives.


We have expertise in many areas including:

  • Architectural Design
  • Democratising Innovation
  • Design Fiction
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Design Futures
  • Games Cultures
  • Interaction Design
  • Design Management
  • Design for Policy
  • Digital Futures
  • Digital Interactions
  • Ethics Through Design
  • Evaluation
  • Design for Health
  • Healthy Buildings
  • Post-human Design
  • Public Sector Transformation
  • Socially Responsible Design

While we concentrate on design research, ImaginationLancaster is by nature interdisciplinary and include students and researchers from a wide range of backgrounds.

We are eager to accept students covering any of the domian and expertise topics, and are also interested in talking to propsective students about other ideas they may have. Please contact us to begin your Imagination journey.

For further information about studying Design Research with ImaginationLancaster and other possibilities within Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA), such as Masters and undergraduate programmes delivered by the School of Design and School of Architecture, please check out the LICA website here.

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Lancaster University
Bailrigg, Lancaster

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